The Misty robot of the AAL Guardian project is a friendly robot who is always happy to see you and always has time for you. The eye contact skill is one of the main ingredients that make this possible.
The eye contact skill is one of the main ingredients that make this possible. When you approach the robot, it looks at you and when it sees you it shows a happy face. It is a simple but effective social cue that people use and appreciate in their daily lives – it makes no difference if it is a robot or person. This type of social interaction is what makes a robot likeable and friendly, and it supports people to bond with the robot. This way the robot is accepted and it gets the chance to do what it was designed for: providing medication reminders, checking how people feel, facilitating communication with professional care and reduce loneliness